An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sofia Vassilieva shaved her hair and eyebrows off in order to play Kate Fitzgerald. She described it as being the least she could do to understand Kate's pain. Because she was filming both this movie and the TV show Medium (2005), her hair was turned into a wig for her. See more »
Toward the beginning of the movie where the family is outside jumping on the trampoline and blowing bubbles Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) is seen blowing bubbles, but if you look at the bubble stick nothing is coming out. See more »
Although the film differs from the book, it is still amazing. The acting was believable and you could really see the heartbreak of the family. But, there were also some funny moments, making the movie slightly uplifting. I am a huge fan of the book, and if i had been expecting to see on the screen exactly what is in the book i would have been disappointed. However, the film has earnt the 10 stars respectively and should, in my opinion, receive an Oscar. I can tell already that the actress who plays Kate will go far in the film industry and i feel that Cameron Diaz has done herself proud, discarding her comedy label. Overall, a brilliant film with a strong message.
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